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David F. Wells to Address Leadership Conference

Antioch, TN—Dr. David F. Wells, author of the book, Courage to Be Protestant, has been named keynote speaker for the 2011 Free Will Baptist Leadership Conference to be held December 5-6, at the Marriott Nashville Airport hotel according to Executive Secretary Keith Burden.


David F. Wells


The annual event, which provides a meeting venue for denominational boards and agencies, is open to any Free Will Baptist minister or leader. The two-day meeting features nightly worship services, a full slate of workshops, and free time for fellowship and networking.

Dr. Wells is Distinguished Senior Research Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Wells received his B.D. from the University of London; Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. from Manchester University (England); and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The Cambridge Declaration came about in 1996 as a result of his book No Place for Truth, or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?

To register for Leadership Conference, contact the Executive Office: 877-767-7659.


Randall House Receives Awards

Chicago, IL—Three devotional magazines from Randall House received high honors at the Evangelical Press Association, which convened in Chicago May 4-9. Explorer's Guide received the Award of Excellence for Youth Publication while FUSION garnered the Award of Excellence for Devotional Magazine.

In the Higher Goals division (which focuses on individual areas of the magazine), the Brink received a first place award for Publication Design and FUSION received a fifth place award in the General Article Short category for “Killers” by Matt Crain.

The contest honors the best work done by EPA publications during the previous calendar year. EPA members publish some 310 periodical titles with a combined audience of more than 22 million, including familiar names such as Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, Leadership, and In Touch. Danny Conn, Randall House editorial director, commented, “We are grateful that our people have a curriculum that combines sound doctrine with excellent content and design. It is an honor that Christian publishers are looking at the Free Will Baptist publishing house as a leader in devotional magazines.”

Randall House CEO Ron Hunter said, “Considering that over 300 quality Christian magazines and publications comprise the Evangelical Publishers Association, it is humbling to be counted as the best devotional magazine, the best designed magazine, and the best youth magazine. These awards prove that solid substantive biblical content combined with design excellence results in a relevance that changes lives.”


Heritage Video Available for Purchase

Antioch , TN—Honoring Our Heritage is now available for purchase. The stunning video documentary was commissioned for the 75th anniversary celebration at the national convention in Charlotte, NC, and a segment of the documentary was shown each night during convention worship services. It takes viewers on a revealing tour through Free Will Baptist history, from English General Baptist forerunners in the 1600s to the highlights and struggles of the 20th Century. Purchase the DVD ($15 each or two for $25) by contacting the Executive Office: 877-767-7659 (Shipping and handling not included).



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